Saxony is not the location of our bike tours, but it’s a fantastic place to ride. The weather this week has finally warmed up to where I didn’t have to put on multiple layers to head out the door. A short sleeve jersey and shorts… ahh, feels good to be warm again!
I headed south out of Dresden, initially along the Elbe River but also into the surrounding countryside. The fruit trees are starting to bloom, the rapeseed fields shine in bright yellow and the tulips that locals have planted in their yards have started to open. It’s fantastic to see some color back out along the route. It’s also wonderful to feel the sun, after a relatively long and grey winter. For whatever reason, the heat seemed to be lacking from the sun’s rays until just a few days ago. Perhaps the biggest shock is how pale my legs have gotten! How is it April and they haven’t seen much of the sun yet?
There’s also something to be said about how the warmth just makes you feel stronger on the bike. I’ve been riding outside for most of the winter (when the weather would allow), but not until I shed the multiple layers of spandex, do I start to feel better on the bike. It makes me look even more forward to our summer bike tour season.
Part of what I particularly enjoy about springtime in Germany though is the re-emergence of outdoor destinations. There are so many outdoor cafes, beer gardens, and riverside places to go, one can easily find a great place to stop for a mid-ride coffee or beer. Individuals from all walks of life and all ages are out on their bikes enjoying the weather in the evenings and on the weekends. And what’s particularly notable, from a North American perspective, is that many of these beer gardens and cafes can only been reached via the river or bike path, meaning that you can’t drive to them. Imagine that, you’re getting there on your own power, whether it be walking, biking, skating or whatever. It’s nice to see so many people being active.